When Children Refuse School: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Therapist Guide

Paperback | March 30, 2007

byChristopher A. Kearney, Anne Marie Albano

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Many children and teenagers refuse to attend school or have anxiety-related difficulties remaining in classes for an entire day. School refusal behavior can contribute to a child's academic, social, and psychological problems, impact a child's chances for future educational, financial, andpersonal success, and significantly affect family functioning. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for youth who exhibit this behavior. This Therapist Guide outlines four treatment protocols based on CBT principles that can be used to effectively address the main types of school refusal behavior. The Guide concentrates on four primary reasons why children typically refuse school to relieve school-related distress, to avoidnegative social or evaluative situations at school, to receive attention from a parent or a significant other, and to obtain tangible rewards outside of school This manual includes tools for assessing a child's reasons for school refusal behavior and is based on a functional, prescriptive model. It presents well-tested techniques arranged by function to tailor treatment to a child's particular characteristics. Each treatment package also contains adetailed discussion of special topics pertinent to treating youths with school refusal behavior, such as medication, panic attacks, and being teased. A corresponding workbook is also available for parents, who often play an important part in a child's recovery. This comprehensive program is aninvaluable resource for clinicians treating school refusal behavior.

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Many children and teenagers refuse to attend school or have anxiety-related difficulties remaining in classes for an entire day. School refusal behavior can contribute to a child's academic, social, and psychological problems, impact a child's chances for future educational, financial, andpersonal success, and significantly affect fam...

Christopher A. Kearney is at University of Nevada. Anne Marie Albano is at Columbia University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.89 × 9.88 × 0.91 inPublished:March 30, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195308301

ISBN - 13:9780195308303

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Table of Contents

1. Introductory Information for Therapists2. Assessment3. Consultation Session and General Treatment Session Procedures4. Children Refusing School to Avoid School-Related Stimuli That Provoke Negative Affectivity5. Children Refusing School to Escape Aversive Social and/or Evaluative Situations6. Children Refusing School for Attention7. Children Refusing School for Tangible Rewards Outside of School8. Slip and Relapse Prevention